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Is Sugar Substitute Erythritol Safe?

Label Able: Erythritol

While researching light foods recently, I came upon an interesting ingredient I'd never heard of: erythritol. Sounds like some kind of chemically-derived alcohol that shouldn't be anywhere near wholesome and natual apple juice.

The nutrition label for this light juice reads "certified organic erythritol is a 100 percent natural low calorie organic sweetener derived from GMO free organic cane juice." Approved for use in foods in Japan in 1990, in the US it has been characterized as being Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) since 1997. I also found that it's classified as a sugar alcohol, and comes in granulated and powder forms, but it also occurs naturally in grapes, melons, mushrooms, and fermented foods such as wine, beer, cheese, and soy sauce. This sugar alcohol is about 70 percent as sweet as regular sugar, but has almost no calories. Another plus is that it doesn't cause digestive issues such as diarrhea like other sugar alcohols can, including sorbitol and xylitol. What's more? It doesn't contribute to tooth decay. Seems like this ingredient gets the green light, but I'll still stick to sugar and other all natural sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar and just watch my portions of sweets.

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